Two generations of tragic love make Smilin Through one of the screens great romances. The story begins in 1868 England, when John Carterets fiance is shot dead on the couples wedding day by a rejected lover aiming at the groom. Flash forward to 1915,after the devoted John has raised his fiances niece Kathleen as his own. Kathleen falls in love with an American the murderers son and the past sweeps back to haunt the present. Film legends Norma Shearer, Fredric March (both in dual roles) and Leslie Howard (whose character ages 50 years) find every tear and triumph in this Best Picture Oscar nominee (1932-33) that is lovely, simply lovelyan example of romantic melodrama at its best (The Movie Guide).